Bruges has been known and referred to as "the Venice of the North", "a town in the snuffbox", "a gingerbread town". It is considered as one of the most beautiful places on earth. Bruges is unique by its number of churches and museums whose number is superior to its residential buildings. There’s literally something to see around every corner, whether it be a medieval tower, a majestic cathedral, the famous old bell tower or a stone statue of a saint. It is the provincial capital of West Flanders, as well as the chocolate capital of Belgium.